Spring has sprung and we’re all looking forward to warmer weather and fun days out with our dogs. For those with green fingers, it's a busy time of the year, planting and sprucing up the garden, so we took a look at some of the issues affecting our dogs at this time of year.
Our dogs love nothing more than snouting around and digging in the garden and a young puppy or a dog that is feeling stressed will eat just about anything, including the plants in your garden.
Plants that won’t harm your dog include: Alocasia, Amaryllis bulbs, Azaleas, Bluebells, Daffodil bulbs, or Foxglove, Snapdragons, Michaelmas daisies, Camellias, Rose, Sunflowers, Elaeagnus, Centaurea (cornflowers), Impatiens and Calendula.
Generally speaking dogs don’t usually eat poisonous plants but accidental poisoning can happen, like when a dog chews or swallows something where the toxic element is concealed. Apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide, if your dog were to eat a lot of apples the toxicity levels would definitely build up. Cherry, almond and peach stones have the same hidden toxicity issue.
Cyclamens tubers, Crocuses, Conkers and the berry bearing Holly and Mistletoe are poisonous to dogs, but they would have to eat a great deal to get into any serious trouble
How do I stop my dog from digging up my bulbs?
If your pooch is being mischievous, messing with your freshly planted bulbs, distraction can be helpful. Try channeling their excess energy with extra long walks, playing ball with them and getting them chew toys to redirect their attention.
If you have a sandbox for your dog in your garden, hide treats, bones or toys in the sand so your dog understands this is their personal digging place.
To deter them from digging in your garden, try burying plastic netting just under the surface of the soil. Citrus peels at the base of favoured plants don’t smell good to dogs so can keep them from nosing about. Also, you could plant thorny shrubs to protect a particular area from your dog.
Are berries toxic to dogs?
Spring is a time when we humans get to enjoy all different kinds of berries but not all of them are safe for dogs. If you’re not sure which ones are safe for your furry best friend, it’s a good idea to keep your dog off all berries
But if you do give them to your dog , too many berries, even of the safe variety, will likely cause diarrhoea for a day or two, so it isn't advisable to gorge on them.
Most hedgerow berries are safe in modest amounts, although your dog would need to navigate the thorns to reach them. Elderberries are safe, but the leaves and stems are high in toxins, bad for both humans and dogs. The berries contain vitamin C & A, and iron, iodine and bioflavonoids. All brilliant goodness for us and our dogs.
Dog Wood Berries, Rose Hips or Dog Rose are perfectly safe and contain vitamin C. Blackberries contain potassium , magnesium and copper. Hawthorn, a shrub or a tree, has berries that are quite safe, even in large amounts but it doesn’t impart much goodness. Blackthorn and Bullace are varieties of Hedgerow plums, most usually purple in colour and are also safe for dogs to eat.
Have fun and stay safe as you bask in the joys of spring at home or out 'n about with your pooch.
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